Category: Outdoors

The Importance of Sealing Stamped Concrete

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It is important to protect your investment, and it doesn’t matter if you are planning to install a beautiful new stamped concrete walkway, patio or pool deck or if you have an existing one. Choosing the right sealer will help keep your stamped concrete to look great for a long time. It can also bring an existing stamped surface back to life. Concrete sealing is like wearing sunscreen, spraying Scotchgard on your shirt or applying wax to your car. A concrete sealer improves the look of stamped concrete by preventing the fading caused by ultraviolet light and guard it against harmful chemicals and stains.
We recommend that you apply concrete sealer after installing new concrete and then every 2-3 years. Sealing a stamped concrete will give it a glossy sheen and vibrant color. You can choose from a range of different gloss levels. They are available from no-gloss to high-gloss. You can even further enhance the color of the concrete with a tinted sealer. Furthermore, efflorescence can be prevented by applying a sealer. Efflorescence is whitish, powdery residue that builds up on the concrete’s surface. There are slip-resistant sealers which are perfect for pool decks.
Another benefit of applying a sealer is it protects the stamped concrete from stains. Your stamped walkway, pool deck or patio will be subjected to a lot of things that can leave marks and stains such as chlorine, chemicals, salt, dirt, leaves, pet urine, fertilizer, and more. By applying the right sealer, you can protect your stamped concrete from these. The sealer will prevent these things from penetrating the concrete’s surface which could leave unsightly stains otherwise.
For people who live in cold areas, another reason to seal your stamped concrete is that it will protect it from freeze-thaw damage. This type of damage can cause the concrete’s surface to crack and form flaking. It happens when water seeps into the surface of the concrete and expands as it freezes. With a correctly applied sealer, water will not sink into the concrete and should only bead up on the concrete’s surface. If you notice that this is not the case, then you should reseal your stamped concrete. Regular resealing will be required in high traffic areas.
In short, applying a sealer is enhancing and protecting a newly installed or existing stamped concrete. You can extend the service life of concrete further by proper sealing/resealing. Always make sure that the concrete contractor you are using seals your walkway, pool deck or patio with the right products and at the right time. Most contractors recommend applying a film-forming or penetrating sealer outdoors and going for a more natural, matte finish. It is also important that you only use sealers that allow both air and moisture to flow for exterior concrete installations. New stamped concrete should be sealed after it has cured. Most concrete contractors wait for seven to fourteen days before sealing the concrete. However, the official curing time is twenty-eight days.

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Expert Tree Services

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Everyone is an Expert

Have you ever thought about getting the trees in your neighborhood pruned, fertilized or even removed? There always comes a time when trees need work and overhauling. We the new generation believe to be experts in everything, although it is a good thing to try things at home and learn without having to call other people to do your work for you. But sometimes, crucial and technical stuff needs to be handled by the pros. Trees like all other plants require care, expert knowledge and effort to help them grow. If trees are left all by themselves never cared for, then they will die eventually and then you and your neighbors are going to have to get them removed. So you see, instead of waiting for that moment to come, why not hire somebody who can help you with the trees in your neighborhood?

Tree Services

After storms and strong winds, trees tend to bend and sometimes fall which is very dangerous if you think about it. Do you have a tree near by your house stooping, giving you the creeps? Get it removed people! Experts are there to help you get rid of it without any risk to your place. Don’t wait for the storm because if the tree accidently falls you are going to be in big trouble, not only will it cause destruction but also the tree services cost you more than it would have before.
Even if you manage to remove the tree or prune it yourself, you will be needing a professional with proper equipment for stump removal or getting the tree out of your way. Moreover, fertilization and proper treatment is must when the trees start to grow old. You might want to keep in touch with some popular tree cutting companies. It is always best to look up their website, ask around, inquire about the previous work and negotiate any demands you have. Do take a look at Questions to ask before hiring a Tree Removal Service company like http://treesurgical.com

Keep it Classy

The trees have the tendency to make the environment pretty. A good neighborhood always has good-Nature trees, with proper maintenance. A place with trees is known to have more value than a place without them. Landscaping of your home is crucial for you and even for later when you decide to sell the house. Keep your property safe by getting in touch with the best professionals around and make a wise decision.

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Balcony Garden Ideas

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No yard? Grow an Urban Balcony Garden

Dream Garden in a Balcony

Are you one of those people who have given up on gardening only because they have no yard to beautify? The times when gardening was limited to yards and proper ground, is the past now. You no longer need to suppress your gardening abilities. You can plant your favorite plants and vegetables even if you live in a small apartment with a small balcony. Yes, a balcony! Who would have thought that it is even possible to grow plants at such a place? Wait till you learn all that we have for you.

Key Points For A Better Balcony Garden

All you need is good light, a wide rack of pots, some sitting area and awesome gardening skills. Making a small terrace into a place capable of spending your evening is more than what you would ever want. There are many smart ways that you could use to brighten up your balcony with less spending.

Firstly you must always use high quality organic potting soil as the plants in containers need more fertilization than the outdoor plants. Make sure your plants get at least 4-5 hours of sunlight a day, this will help you analyze which containers should be placed at which spots. Woodland plants might still thrive with partial sunlight, so studying sunlight is important. Also, keep your containers close to each other, it will allow you to water them together with ease.

Now to consider the vegetables that you can grow in your balcony, under your supervision few feet away from you. Some need large containers like cauliflower and Brussel sprouts, but if you like to keep small ones than go for salad greens, eggplants and peppers.

Fresh and healthy, unbelievable isn’t it? Some people also grow carrots in pots that are deep, or tomatoes, cucumbers and beans. Don’t let the urban apartment life stop you from enjoying the garden. Only a little creativity is required and you can have lanterns and comfy sittings to enhance the pleasure wild life brings.  To get detailed information about the vegetables take at the link here: https://ybertaud9.wordpress.com/2012/05/26/urban-vegetable-garden-for-small-spaces-balconies/

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How to Make A Seed Bomb

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Seed Bombs and the Global Crusade

Guerrilla Gardening being the talk of the town in the gardening sector is becoming more and more popular among gardeners and regular people in general. It is more like a global revival crusade, to brighten up the world with color and life. With the idea to bring people closer to stand up for one cause, bringing change to the otherwise dull and rusty old neighborhoods, roadsides and wastelands ignored by almost everyone.
So, in order to do that why not use Seed Bombs? A technique to make little “bombs” using clay, seeds, compost and water. Simple and quick way to just throw and get going. A very cool term for seeds right? Seed bombing is considered to be fun and effective way of guerrilla gardening, making them yourself with seeds of your favorite flowers, and help revamp the abandoned pieces of lands by a single throw.

 

DIY Seed Bombs

It really is very easy to make, the seeds bombs? Yeah that right! By mixing one part compost with five parts clay and not to forget one part seeds. Knead them together properly, make separate balls and let them dry over the night. That’s it. With few simple ingredients you will have your very own “Seed Bombs”. Now you see why they are the talk of the town.There are however some points to consider:
Make sure the seeds you are using are native to the land, the soil and the location is suitable.
Understand how many seeds you must put into the mixture for it to work effectively and not overload the land. The method of mixing and using a recipe is sometimes the answer to effective gardening.The compost you are using must be aged enough.
The clay must be fresh and if it stinks than let it dry before you use it. To get into details you might want to look it up here.

Social Responsibility
We always want to do the best we can, but don’t overdo it. Learn and make plans before jumping into it. A great cause like Guerrilla Gardening, must be done with responsibility and accountability. The plus side is that you are going to make this world a better place by these simple techniques. Planting flowers and dropping off seed bombs at deserted places, though are small gestures but you might be responsible for a smile at somebody else’s face. Brighten the world and make it worth living for yourself and other too.

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Dealing With Weeds

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Weed Worries? Not any More!
Is your lush green garden now turned into a nightmare with weeds all over? Every garden’s worst enemy. Watch out or your once-lush garden is going to be infiltrated by unwanted plants and you are going to regret not taking some precautions in the first place. Luckily, you are at the right place to learn how to prevent weed and the best solutions to make it go away naturally instead of using chemical treatments that might be harmful for your enchanting plants.

Natural Ways to Get Rid of Weed
The best approach is always the natural step by step technique to make its effect lasts long. You don’t want to get rid of it quickly with chemicals and spoiling all the good stuff with it. Some of the ways to do it naturally are mentioned below:

Soil Tilling
If you are seeding and planting for the first time on some ground, try to get rid of existing roots and grass also known as soil tilling.

Mulch the Soil
Another way is to mulch the soil, it helps the plants by the keeping the soil cool and damp. The idea is to kill the weeds and grass by blocking the light, some people spreads layers of newspaper to achieve the purpose.

Boiling Water
Boiling water is mostly used to kill any extra grass or unwanted plants, it is an easy and effective way and works almost always.

Vinegar Solution
To change the soil salinity and kill the weeds, salt or vinegar solution is sprayed over the affected area. It will not only be effective but work faster.

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If you don’t want to remove them from the roots, chop off their heads. It will not only limit their regrowth but also stop them from spreading.

Deprive weeds of water
To make sure you are not helping the weeds to grow try not to water them. Research shows that water deprivation reduces 50-60% of weed-seed germination.
Easy and effortless in most cases. Surprised how you never thought of these simple techniques before? No worries, let this spring be the first step of being cautious and never let those nasty weeds invade your garden. Tug them or chop them, mulch or boil them alive. Whatever you do, they must be stopped and prevented at all costs.

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